A 27-year-old member asked:
my 5 year old keeps saying he wants to be a girl. he has been saying this since i can remember. he preffers girl stuf than boys stuff. is this normal?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Bryan Levey answered
26 years experience Pediatrics
Not common: But no longer considered "abnormal." gender identity tends to be established by 2-3 years of age. Children can have "gender variant behavior, " which refers to the child who prefers interests/activities associated with the opposite sex; or can be transgender, where they persistently feel, to the core of their being, like they should have been the opposite sex. You must discuss this with experts.
Answered on Aug 5, 2012
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